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US: NKorea uses detainees as political pawns

The U.S. says North Korea is using detained American citizens as political pawns, after a 24-year-old Californian man was sentenced to six years of hard labor there.

Kerry to chair UN Security Council meeting on Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to New York this week to chair a meeting of the United National Security Council on Iraq.

US works to step up Ebola aid, but is it enough?

The American strategy on Ebola is two-pronged: Step up desperately needed aid to West Africa and, in an unusual step, train U.S. doctors and nurses for volunteer duty in the outbreak zone. At home, the goal is to speed up medical research and put hospitals on alert should an infected traveler arrive.

Study: Leaky wells, not fracking, taint water

The drilling procedure called fracking didn't cause much-publicized cases of tainted groundwater in areas of Pennsylvania and Texas, a new study finds. Instead, it blames the contamination on problems in pipes and seals in natural gas wells.

Sessions unopposed in primary or general election

The primary season just ended and the general election campaign now unfolding looks the same to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, tea party favorite, foe of immigration legislation and the only Republican senator running in 2014 without a ballot opponent of any stripe.

Speculation swirls over Fed language on rate hike

When the Federal Reserve issues a policy statement after it meets this week, the financial world will be on high alert for two words:

US creating programs to counter extremists

The Justice Department is launching a series of pilot programs in cities around the country to deal with American extremists intent on joining the fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday.

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

Income inequality is taking a toll on state governments.

Islamic State group's war chest is growing daily

Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.

Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fall fundraiser south of Des Moines.

US reopens embassy in Central African Republic

The State Department says it's reopening The U.S. embassy in the Central African Republic.

Clinton embraces Iowa, Obama in return to state

Hillary Rodham Clinton's third-place finish in the 2008 Iowa caucuses seemed but a fading memory when the former secretary of state took the stage in front of roughly 10,000 loyal Democrats at outgoing Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fall fundraiser south of Des Moines.

Hurdles for Obama health law in 2nd sign-up season

Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away.

Iowa Democrats react to Hillary Rodham Clinton

Iowa Democrats gave a warm welcome to Hillary Rodham Clinton at retiring Sen. Tom Harkin's annual fundraiser. But not all party loyalists from the early-voting state were ready to hand her the 2016 presidential nomination just yet.

US wealth gap putting the squeeze on state revenue

Experts say income inequality is more than just a social issue and it's hitting state governments where it hurts most, the balance sheet.

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